More trains for the suburbs: Sadiq makes the case for TfL control

The case for TfL to take full control of train services in suburban London has been finalised today – with Sadiq asking the government to boost the number of services, refurbish stations, and install more Oyster payment stations.

Under the plans, the number of trains from Orpington to Victoria would increase from 6 to 8 per hour, while the London to Bexleyheath from 7 to 9.

In a move set to benefit those who travel often, any freezes in TfL fares will also be applied to new TfL rail routes within London.

“For too long, London’s rail commuters have been getting a bad service – with nightmare delays, cancellations and overcrowding increasingly the norm on our suburban rail routes,” Khan said.

“Today’s business case sets out in detail the huge benefits Londoners will feel from devolving suburban rail routes to TfL.

“Our plans will not only use TfL’s skills and expertise to improve the daily commute for millions of Londoners, but act as a catalyst for new jobs and homes in outer London.

“Devolution, along with greater collaboration with our public and private sector partners and local communities, will help us deliver a properly integrated transport network across London,” he added.

A recent survey showed that 61% of people think these services should come under TfL control.

(Pic: TfL)

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